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This book powerfully demonstrates that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa�s �mean streets�. The book draws attention to what they bring to their adopted country through research into previously unexamined areas of migrant entrepreneurship. Ranging from studies of how migrants have created agglomeration economies in Jeppe and Ivory Park in Johannesburg, to guanxi networks of Chinese entrepreneurs, to competition and cooperation among Somali shop owners, to cross-border informal traders, to the informal transport operators between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the chapters in this book reveal the positive economic contributions of migrants. these include generating employment, paying rents, providing cheaper goods to poor consumers, and supporting formal sector wholesalers and retailers. As well, Mean Streets highlights the xenophobic responses to migrant and refugee entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in running a successful business on the streets.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Copyright page, Title page, Acknowledgements
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Acronyms
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter One - Migrant Entrepreneurship and Informality in South African Cities
  2. Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda, Caroline Skinner
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter Two - Doing Business with Xenophobia
  2. Jonathan Crush, Sujata Ramachandran
  3. pp. 25-59
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  1. Chapter Three - Making an Area Hot: Interrupting Trade in an Ethnic Enclave in Johannesburg’s Inner City
  2. Tanya Zack
  3. pp. 60-77
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  1. Chapter Four - A Transnational Space of Business: The Informal Economy of Ivory Park, Johannesburg
  2. Andrew Charman, Leif Petersen
  3. pp. 78-99
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  1. Chapter Five - Resilience and Innovation: Migrant Spaza Shop Entrepreneurs in Soweto, Johannesburg
  2. Trynos Gumbo
  3. pp. 100-112
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  1. Chapter Six - The Role of Economic Factors and Guanxi Networks in the Success of Chinese Shops in Johannesburg
  2. Lodene Willemse
  3. pp. 113-131
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  1. Chapter Seven - On the Move: Cameroonian Migrants in Durban
  2. Akwa Tafuh, Pranitha Maharaj
  3. pp. 132-144
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  1. Chapter Eight - Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cape Town’s Informal Economy
  2. Madeleine Northcote, Belinda Dodson
  3. pp. 145-161
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  1. Chapter Nine - The Role of Migrant Traders in Local Economies: A Case Study of Somali Spaza Shops in Cape Town
  2. Vanya Gastrow, Roni Amit
  3. pp. 162-177
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  1. Chapter Ten - The Role of Networks and Herd Behaviour in the Entrepreneurial Activity and Success of African Migrants in South Africa
  2. Robertson K. Tengeh
  3. pp. 178-193
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  1. Chapter Eleven - The Malayisha Industry and the Transnational Movement of Remittances to Zimbabwe
  2. Vusilizwe Thebe
  3. pp. 194-206
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  1. Chapter Twelve - Transnational Entrepreneurship and Informal Cross-Border Trade with South Africa
  2. Sally Peberdy, Jonathan Crush, Daniel Tevera, Eugene Campbell, Nomsa Zindela, Ines Raimundo, Thuso Green, Abel Chikanda, Godfrey Tawodzera
  3. pp. 207-228
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  1. Chapter Thirteen - Unpacking National Policy Towards the Urban Informal Economy
  2. Christian M. Rogerson
  3. pp. 229-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-287
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781920596170
Related ISBN
9781920596118
MARC Record
OCLC
936202330
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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